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Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam


Erasmus School of Economics has a strong international focus, which is reflected in our academic staff and student population. Students and staff members come from all over the world. We stimulate them to be citizens of the world, in a geographical, intellectual, and social way. This means stepping beyond the borders of cities and nations, cultural background, gender, and religion, altogether with a willingness to act upon the values of a compass that rules out bias and prejudice.

Based in Rotterdam, the School has provided excellent education and produced excellent research for over a century.

Erasmus School of Economics welcomes over 7000 Dutch and international students every academic year and provides world-class education in economic disciplines and econometrics.

Mission and Vision

By pursuing its three main principles:

  • Quality first
  • Integration of top research with top education
  • A prime economic focus on current and future real-world questions

Erasmus School of Economics will ensure that by 2023, the School will have secured its place as a leading academic brand in economics and econometrics in the world.


Erasmus School of Economics is the natural choice for ambitious students who wish to study economics or econometrics, for academics eager to contribute to relevant and challenging research and education, for alumni eager to learn and share their experiences, and for governments and firms seeking reliable advice.


Erasmus School of Economics' history goes back to 1913 when the Netherlands School of Commerce was founded through a private initiative with broad support from the Rotterdam business community.

The statutory recognition of higher education in commerce and economics as an academic discipline resulted in 1939 in the Netherlands School of Economics, the predecessor of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The university gained worldwide fame with its education and research in the fields of (business-) economics and econometrics and with its renowned professors, such as Johannes Witteveen, who became the first Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Henri Theil, and Jan Tinbergen, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1969.

The school’s Econometric Institute is internationally recognized for its groundbreaking work and has Jan Tinbergen, one of the pioneers of econometrics as a discipline, as one of its founders.

Campus Features

The hub of Erasmus University Rotterdam is our Woudestein campus, a convenient 15-minute bike ride from Rotterdam’s city center, including the sleek new Rotterdam Centraal train station (where you can also catch the tram or metro to EUR.) Outside of class time, students study in the light-filled new Polak building or at our state-of-the-art university library, grab a coffee at the Erasmus Food Plaza, or attend an event at the theatre or Café in de Smitse. The on-campus sports center offers fitness, dance, spinning, squash, and tennis among many other classes.

    Alumni Statistics


    Erasmus School of Economics strives to become the best in its disciplines (economics, econometrics) and seeks to achieve excellence both in its research and teaching. This can be measured by its performance in rankings.

    There are several international university rankings in which the Erasmus School of Economics participates that are considered to be the most influential ones. QS World University Ranking, Times Higher Education Ranking, and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Most of the rankings are focused on research, but some of them have become multi-dimensional in the past few years.

    The above-mentioned influential rankings have determined that there is a demand for a more balanced ranking system that is based on more indicators besides research. Thus, they have adjusted their methodology by incorporating more indicators, which definitely give a more balanced and accurate view of a university.

    QS World University Rankings

    • 2nd in the Netherlands
    • 14th in Europe
    • 44th in the world

    QS Ranking

    QS World University Rankings is one of such multi-faceted rankings, where Erasmus School of Economics scores particularly well when it comes to Economics/Econometrics.

    The research currently considers over 2,000 universities and ranks over 700.

    Program Admission Requirements

    Demonstrate your commitment and readiness to succeed in business school by taking the GMAT exam – the most widely used exam for admissions that measures your critical thinking and reasoning skills.

    Download the GMAT mini quiz to get a flavour of the questions you’ll find in the exam.


    • Rotterdam

      Erasmus School of Economics P.O. Box 1738, 3062PA, Rotterdam